The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo is fortunate to have supportive, strategic board members that help us attain our organizational goals in order to serve individuals with Down syndrome and their families living throughout Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan! One of those board members is Krista Huff, who joined our board at the end of 2017. Recently, Renee Canfield, DSAGT Executive Director, interviewed Krista. Hear in her own words why she is involved by reading below. Thank you for all you do, Krista...we are lucky to have you!
Tell us a little more about your educational background and professional journey.
I attended the University of Toledo where I received my Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in 2015. I then started working at Gilmore Jasion Mahler, Ltd. that following September in the Audit department. I’m currently a Senior Audit Associate working mainly in the not-for-profit industry and I’m studying for my CPA license.
Why did you want to join the DSAGT board?
I had been following a few families on social media who had children with Down syndrome, including the Avis family from California. After reading Heather Avis’ book, “The Lucky Few”, I knew I wanted to become a part of this amazing and inspiring community. A few months later, I saw that the board had openings and couldn’t help the feeling that this was meant to be.
Why do you think it's important for young professionals to be involved in the community?
I think there are so many reasons young professionals should get involved. For starters, you can really learn a lot about how an organization runs by being on a board, plus you can build some really great connections through the organization. Secondly, board diversification is a really hot topic right now and that includes adding young professionals from all different backgrounds, so these organizations are looking for them. Lastly, for me, when work gets hard or stressful, working with DSAGT brings me back to life and has really turned into a passion for me and I think it’s important for everyone to have something like that in their life.
What are your absolute favorite things in this world?
When I’m not working or studying for the exam, I’m probably at a Toledo Walleye hockey game with my boyfriend or catching up on my weekly tv shows. I pretty much love all things media: movies, shows, music! I also love to travel and visit new places; I really hope to visit all 50 states and see more of Europe.